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In June 2009, a group of sixty (60) day campers from Philadelphia-based Creative Steps, traveled to The Valley Club of Huntingdon Valley in Lower Moreland Township, Pennsylvania. Creative Steps and The Valley Club had executed an agreement where the day camp paid for the children to use the pool from 3:30 – 5 p.m. every Monday until August 29, 2009. Creative Steps campers arrived at 3:45 p.m., June 29, 2009. Some of the campers reported hearing race-tinged comments from Valley Swim Club members and later, the club’s Board of Directors canceled the contract with Creative Steps.

What followed over the course of several months was a controversy that led to a finding of probable cause for discrimination by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, national headlines, a declaration of bankruptcy by the Club, and lawsuit by the United States Justice Department.

This incident happened in the same year the United States elected its first African-American president. The Widener Journal of Law, Economics & Race invited scholars and public policy makers to submit idea papers for discussion. We received three pieces from a diverse range of academicians which we have published

We invite our readers to submit comments or new papers on the Valley Swim Club Controversy: Five to eight pages in length, citations must conform to “The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation 18th Edition,” one-inch margins, and page numbers inserted at the bottom of each page. Works may be submitted to: with “Valley Swim Club paper” in the subject line.